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    Default Moving house. Changing hospitals?

    we will be moving to the other side of Melbourne when I am 30-34 weeks pregnant. Will I need to change hospitals? I have heard that Werribee mercy is not a great hospital and that it fills up quick anyway. I am currently going to epping northern hospital for all appointments etc. it will be a real pain because I will be driving 45-1 hour each way for hospital appointments but on the other hand that seems really late in pregnancy to be changing hospitals. Will they make me change? Should I change? Or do I just not tell them I have moved?. I haven't decided on a VBAC or elective cesarean yet but epping northern hospital has said they are happy for me to VBAC, in fact they recommended it. So if I choose a VBAC I think it would be better to stay at epping because I know they are supportive of a VBAC. I have no idea about Werribee policies or even how to find out. However if I end up in hospital with a cesarean that's a lot for DH to travel back and forwards o the hospital for days. Confused!

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    Default Re: Moving house. Changing hospitals?

    I moved house when I was 32 weeks with DS2, I was then over an hour away from the hospital I was booked in to. I didn't change hospitals, just changed my address on hospital records before I had my baby.

    We are planning on moving out of the catchment area of the hospital I will be attending for the birth of baby #3, right before Baby is due. I won't be changing hospitals because I want continuity of care

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    I moved house at 32 weeks with my second but mine was a little different as it was an interstate move... kinda had to change unless DF wanted to fly in for visits, lol.

    I think if you are happy and comfortable with the care at your current hospital and you have a plan in place with them you should stay where you are. They won't make you change, I think it is actually a lot more work for them to organise to transfer all records and everything over to a new hospital so they might prefer you just stay where you are. I can see your point though about your DH potentially having to travel. When I called up to book into my new hospital they told me they couldn't see me for 4 or so weeks so I was just over 36 weeks when I got to finally go in and they had a go at me for having my first appointment so late in the pregnancy !?! It was a hassle and I felt rushed and uncomfortable there.

    Have you spoken to DH about it to see what his thoughts are?

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    Hi there I moved interstate last pregnancy from NSW to point cook (west. Melbourne) And couldn't get into werribee mercy as they were all booked up, I ended up having to go to sunshine hospital. This pregnancy I am booked into werribee and couldn't be happier, most of the mums in my area have had their Bubs there and give glowing reviews about everything from their natural approach to birthing (very supportive of vbac from my understanding and low intervention), friendliness of staff, cleanliness and comfort in the new wards and even the food. It sounds like a long drive back to your current hospital and it could take even longer if you went into labour during peak hour. Personally I'd be more comfortable being closer to my hospital. You could try getting into werribee as I'm sure they'd have people move away or no longer require their booking for other reasons. On the flip side if your really happy and comfortable with your current caregivers and not fussed about the drive then I'm sure you could stay with your current hospital, they wouldn't stop you just because you had moved I wouldn't think

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    DH says it's my body so its up to me, he will do whatever I prefer.

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    Default Moving house. Changing hospitals?

    Quote Originally Posted by gonnabeaGR8mum View Post
    Hi there I moved interstate last pregnancy from NSW to point cook (west. Melbourne) And couldn't get into werribee mercy as they were all booked up, I ended up having to go to sunshine hospital. This pregnancy I am booked into werribee and couldn't be happier, most of the mums in my area have had their Bubs there and give glowing reviews about everything from their natural approach to birthing (very supportive of vbac from my understanding and low intervention), friendliness of staff, cleanliness and comfort in the new wards and even the food. It sounds like a long drive back to your current hospital and it could take even longer if you went into labour during peak hour. Personally I'd be more comfortable being closer to my hospital. You could try getting into werribee as I'm sure they'd have people move away or no longer require their booking for other reasons. On the flip side if your really happy and comfortable with your current caregivers and not fussed about the drive then I'm sure you could stay with your current hospital, they wouldn't stop you just because you had moved I wouldn't think
    Thanks for this information. We are looking at moving to tarneit.

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    It couldn't hurt to give werribee a call and see if you can talk to someone- or have a read of their website :-) just be prepared for a possibly long wait on the phones or calling back a few times as they don't prioritise the phones (or you could go in and chat to someone)

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    Default Moving house. Changing hospitals?

    Let me know what you find out! I'm moving next week across town and I'm currently booked in a public hospital with a strict catchment area. I have a lot of confidence in the hospital but not really the midwife I've drawn. Has anyone transferred public hospitals? We will be 40-50 mins away from current hospital and GP. I think I will go in and check out the hospital in my new area to ask some questions, but has anyone had similar experience?

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    Can you make a day trip out to visit the other hospital? Or at least, give them a call and ask if you can come in some time?

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    Default Moving house. Changing hospitals?

    I am going to give Werribee a call this week to see if I can find out more. And I have my next appt at my current hospital in 2 weeks as well


 

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